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#Shatter2016: Young Women in Business Conference

Thursday, March 31, 2016
This past weekend, Young Women in Business held their first conference in Toronto called Shatter: Breaking the Glass Ceiling. I was very fortunate to be invited by the YWIB Team! It was also the first time I was able to meet my Canadian babe, Jenn from A Spoonful of Sugar!

We weren't able to stay long but within the time we spent there, we heard incredible and empowering women and their stories. They specifically talked about the lack of women in entrepreneurship. The keynote speaker was Ashlyn Birdy from BioSensive Technologies Inc. Her company is introducing stylish wearable technology. She explained how a lot of people out there would not normally wear a fitbit to the workplace because it doesn't match their outfit (totally can relate to that). The technology they use is small enough to embed into jewelry like earrings. I thought that was unique in itself because even though wearable tech is increasing in the fashion industry, there's not so many of them that you would normally wear on a day-to-day basis. I think the only other wearable tech that I would actually consider wearing is Bauble Bar's collaboration with Up Move. If you want to get more details on Ashlyn's company, check it out here.

There were a lot of inspiring things that were said at the conference that I'd like to share (most of them from Ashlyn because I really enjoyed her speech!

I'm finally at a place where I'm more comfortable telling my story

  • I'm not going to go into Ashlyn's story because it's not mine to tell. I can say that she has been through so much and despite all the struggles in her life, she was able to overcome all of it and it's truly empowering to see all that she's accomplished. It was amazing to see how she truly embraces every part of her and how she doesn't let her struggles define her.
  • Never adjust your goals, adjust your effort

  • I love this, mainly because whenever I set a goal and I come short of achieving it or something gets in the way, I always adjust my goals when instead I should take it as a sign to put in more effort./li>

    There doesn't have to be obstacles, there's only obstacles if you let them get in the way

  • Ashlyn said so many amazing things during her keynote but this was one of my favourites. It's 100% true - obstacles only stay there if you let it.
  • Don't be afraid of failure, embrace it

  • Time and time again, you might hear people quoting Edison's "I have not failed, I've just found 10000 ways that don't work". When it comes from someone who has failed and has gone through struggles, it means so much more.
  • Hope you enjoyed this post and got some inspiration from the Young Women in Business Conference like I know myself and Jenn did!

    STYLE STEAL: Nina Dobrev

    Monday, March 28, 2016
    I've loved this outfit on Nina ever since Comic Con! It's insanely adorable and her stylist is one of my favourites (along with Monica Rose). I've seen other versions of this outfit on websites but none from places that I was comfortable shopping at. When I was looking through Dynamite's spring arrivals (which by the way are incredible this year), I saw this matching set and was instantly reminded about Nina's outfit so I thought I'd share it.
    TOP | BOTTOM
    Hope you enjoyed this! If you like this one, I also have a style muse post on Nina Dobrev that you can see here.

    Spring Wishlist

    Saturday, March 26, 2016
    I'm so excited that winter is behind us (for the most part). It wasn't so bad in Toronto but it was bipolar more than ever before. I'm used to the cold in the morning but warm at night but I swear the weather changed throughout the day so much on some days! Anyways, now that it's starting to get warmer, I've been finding so many adorable things for spring that I thought I'd share for some spring inspiration. You'll notice a lot of these pieces are either: cold shoulder tops, off the shoulder tops, patchwork, brooches or lace. Click the image to redirect you to the website :)

    What sorts of trends are you excited to try for spring? Leave it in the comments below!

    Fashion Month Round Up: Street Style

    Thursday, March 24, 2016
    You can't talk about fashion month without mentioning street style. Sometimes it's even better than the shows! I really enjoy seeing people being very experimental with their outfits, especially bloggers. They don't need a stylist to tell them what to wear. Another reason I enjoy street style so much is because it's like playing dress up all week but also getting photographed (who wouldn't love that?).

    Anyways, similar to my previous fashion month round up post, I thought I'd share my favourite street style outfits I came across. As you know, (or don't know - maybe you're new here, so hi), one of my majors is art history. One of my classes, Fashions and Textiles is held at the Royal Ontario Museum. The beginning of the second half of the semester, we started learning about the history of fashion. I've been really excited for this portion of the course because it was the main reason I signed up for it. In the first class in the fashion section, my professor mentioned Barbara Johnson's Album of Styles and Fabrics.

    Barbara Johnson lived in the mid 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. She kept a record of clothing she wore but also included specific information like the cost, fabric swatches and yards of cloth needed to make her clothing items. She also provided images from fashion magazines. During the time she was alive, fashion underwent a huge change. There were specific developments in silhouettes and trends throughout the 19th century.

    For this street style round up, I wanted to do something similar. I mean, it's essentially the same idea Barbara Johnson had - keeping track of current trends and fabrics. I wanted to make it a bit more modern by using programs like Photoshop but also keep it in an album format - almost as if it was scanned onto your computer. The reason I chose to do this with the street style of fashion month instead is because I get more inspired by those looks than the runway looks. I apologize for the lengthy introduction but this is the very first in my "Creative's Corner" section on my blog where I will continue to show fashion-related (or other) posts but in a way where I apply the inspiration I get from everywhere.

    Which street style star was your favourite during fashion month? Leave a comment below!

    Disclaimer: All street style photographs belong to Phil Oh

    Get To Know Me: Blogger Awards Tag

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016
    I actually quite enjoy these tag posts. I think you can get to know the blogger more through these. Recently, I was nominated by Cortney from Lively Little Life for the "Blogger Awards" so thank you to her! She has a lovely lifestyle blog that you guys should definitely check out. I also was recently nominated by DeAndrea from A Sister's Crown so like the Liebster's Award post, I'll be combining all questions!

    Rules

  • Tag the blogger that nominated you
  • Answer the questions you were given
  • Nominate 10 bloggers
  • Create new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them
  • Now for the questions!

    Do you think there is a secret to blogging success? Or do you think its something that comes with time?

  • If you want to turn blogging into a full-time career, I think it's something that will take time. No matter what your definition of success is, I believe that if you stay genuine to your audience, success will naturally come.
  • What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?

  • Definitely keeping up with consistent posts. I'm a full-time university student, part-time intern and have a part-time job so trying to keep up with my schedule but also maintaining the level of quality I want is very frustrating. There's also a lot of ideas I have in mind to improve my blog but it's difficult when you either don't have the equipment or time to do it!
  • How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?

  • Since I'm an art history major, every week in class inspires me for more creative posts (so look forward to all of the things I'm working on!) but another major motivation is the entire blogging community. Everyone is welcoming and kind (that I've met so far) and they are always there to help you whenever you need advice.
  • What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?

  • Twitter chats. Engaging in the blogging community is so important. I knew of the simple hashtags like #fbloggers and #bbloggers but I had no idea that chats existed. After participating in them, I gained a number of viewers and friends that I hope to collaborate with soon!
  • What was your greatest blogging failure and what did you learn from that?

  • Oh gosh, recently my boyfriend was trying to help me with Google Analytics and told me to copy the script onto each of my posts. He's in computer science and has a lot of experience with web development so I followed exactly what he said but the HTML code showed up and since I didn't put the script on all my posts, I forgot to take some of it off so I apologize if anyone saw that. I think I got rid of all of it now though.
  • Now for DeAndrea's questions! A couple of them were answered in my Liebster Award's post so instead of repeating my answer, click here for that post!

    What made you start blogging?

  • I've said before that I wanted to start blogging a long time ago but the reason I finally did was because I needed a hobby again. I kind of lost that creative element I had while I was in university and wanted to get back into things like photography and I thought blogging would be the perfect way to motivate me. It also incorporates all my favourite things: fashion, photography, graphic design.
  • Do you have any favorite brands or fashion labels you’re loving right now? If so, which ones?

  • I discovered some new ones so check out my Fashion Round Up: Runway Looks post to see what new brands I've been loving!
  • Nominating people is my favourite part so:
  • 1) Jenn from A Spoonful of Sugars
  • 2) Miki from Miki a la Mode
  • 3) Brooklyn from Just Being Brooklyn
  • 4) Andrea from More Than Rubies
  • 5) Donah from Sweet Jelly Bean
  • 1) What do you hope to get out of your blog?
  • 2) Is blogging something you want to do full-time or is it a stepping stone for where you want to be?
  • 3) If you could collaborate with any company, which one would it be and why?
  • 4) Is your blog a secret to your family and friends? If so, why have you not told them?
  • 5) What's your greatest (current) blogging achievement?
  • Thanks again to Cortney and DeAndrea for nominating me!

    That Time I Went to Toronto Fashion Week

    Friday, March 18, 2016

    I've been wanting to go to Toronto Fashion Week ever since I became legal to buy tickets but unfortunately, when I had the opportunity to go, I had an important class to attend but finally, after 4 seasons of being legal, I FINALLY ATTENDED. I will admit it's really weird to say Toronto Fashion Week because for the past 6 seasons, it was called World Mastercard Fashion Week (WMCFW) - I do like the shorter hashtag but it though, #TFW is much easier to remember than #WMCFW.

    I was lucky enough to collaborate with Spread, Cassandra from For the Love of Blonde and Cody Turner on this! It was so much fun to finally meet another local blogger and be able to collaborate right away.

    OUTFIT DETAILS

  • I've been planning my outfit since I found out about being sent to fashion week and last minute, ended up changing my mind to wear this ensemble! I wore a regular white dress shirt from H&M with an old Missguided romper. I loved the print of this romper and was immediately drawn to it because of the blue and pink contrast (and because I got it on sale for $15 but that's besides the point). I paired it with a statement necklace from none other than Bauble Bar and a Topshop bag.
  • EXPERIENCE

    Since it's fashion week, Cassandra and I went to Her Majesty's Pleasure to get our nails and makeup done. We've both wanted to go there and because there was a spring promotion going on, we thought it was perfect timing! The interior is amazing and I got to spend a lot of time walking around the place to take photos because I was done much earlier.

    It's a very overwhelming experience--there's so much going on and it's fast paced you ALWAYS have to stay alert. I didn't end up vlogging or taking a lot of photos at the lounge because of everything going on. Next time I'll hopefully be able to do take more photos to post! My favourite booth was definitely Maybelline's because of the tiara. It wasn't those cheap Dollarama ones either and I didn't want to return it. The show itself was unique with the colour selection! The main colours were blush/rose quartz and black. There were a lot of textures and patterns, especially fur. Hilary MacMillan reintroduced her brand as cruelty-free this season which I found incredible!

    I wrote a blog post for Spread that you can check out here to read more about my thoughts on the show, experience and see other photos that I may have not posted here!

    Again, I'd like to thank Spread for sending me to my first fashion show! It's always been a dream of mine to attend a fashion show so I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity. Also, huge thanks to Cody for all these amazing shots.

    Shatter: Breaking the Glass Ceiling | ANNOUNCEMENT

    Thursday, March 17, 2016
    I decided to post an official announcement on my blog saying that I'll be attending the morning session of the Young Women in Business Conference on March 26! This conference has been very successful over on the West Coast of Canada and they have decided to bring it to Toronto for the first time this year. It will have keynote speakers from incredible women in the business industry. They will be there to network and give their insight on the challenges women face in the industry--from lack of women in the tech industry to reaching higher positions in traditional businesses.

    To purchase tickets click here and use the code "YWIBADRI" for a discount!

    Fashion Month Round Up: Runway Looks

    Monday, March 14, 2016

    UPDATE: I apologize for not posting for the past couple of weeks! I originally wanted to take a break but was going to prepare some posts but my school assignments needed a lot more time put into them than I expected! I have quite a few things coming up and some collaborations so stay tuned :)

    Fashion month is officially over and I'm not going to lie, it exhausted me and I wasn't even there. There's so many shows going on and everything goes by so fast that the past month just flew by for me. Instead of what I did last season for fashion week (here are my posts: NYFW and LFW), I decided to compile one huge round up of my favourite runway looks for each of the main fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan and Paris). There's so many other fashion weeks coming up/going on (*cough* Toronto *cough*) that I'll definitely touch upon (wink wink nudge nudge) but I wanted to focus more so on the ones that make up "fashion month".

    I finally got some time to look through brands I've never heard of before and fell in love with their fall/winter collection! I tend to love runway looks that I can easily translate into my everyday wardrobe (unless you're Iris Van Herpen because I love how she implements 3D printing into her designs).

    Let's go in order of how it all went down,

    See by Chloe

  • I can't believe I didn't know this brand by Chloe existed. I LOVE Chloe, mainly for their handbags but See's Ready-to-Wear AW16-17 collection is absolutely stunning. I love pretty much every look but these were definitely my favourites that I can see myself wearing when fall comes around! I'm going to try incorporating their looks for spring and summer though because I can't wait.
  • Photos by Indigital

    J. Crew

  • I'm not one for pattern mixing. I think it looks incredible on people but I have yet to try this trend out. J. Crew's collection has definitely made me want to get out of my comfort zone and try this out.
  • Alice + Olivia

  • I saw parts of this collection though Ingrid Nilsen's Snapchat and fell in love with it instantly. I was so happy once the HQ photos were posted because these looks are incredible in every single way. I own a bow tie collar as well but haven't worn it too much but this collection has inspired me to wear it more often!
  • Photos by Indigital

    Whistles

  • For the first look, I really love the burgundy and mustard colour combination. It's not something I would instantly think of but it has such a total fall-vibe to it! The second look I love from Whistles is more of a Pantone's rose-quartz colour that I'm glad was incorporated in a fall/winter collection even though it's typically a spring/summer colour.
  • Bally

  • This is another brand I've never heard of and I'm so glad I found it while I was on Vogue! Brighter colours for fall isn't something we normally see in collections so when I saw the pink pants in this collection, I immediately knew I was going to try and wear more colour for my fall outfits. I don't think you HAVE to wear dark colours during the fall and winter but most of my outfits have a darker palette!
  • Iris Van Herpen

  • I think if there was ever a fashion documentary I would LOVE to see made or the opportunity to see the process of a collection being made, it'd 100% be Iris Van Herpen. There's so many other designers that I love like Elie Saab and Giambattista Valli but Van Herpen's designs are intricate in a different way. She uses 3D printing for her designs which enable her to make precise designs. The results when fashion and technology integrate are truly fascinating. It makes me really excited for the Met Gala since the theme is Fashion in the Age of Technology.
  • Longchamp

  • I think by looking at these photos you can tell that I love the v-shape design. In a lot of the collections during fashion month, designers introduced more colour in fall/winter. I particularly like the bold colours and simple geometric forms Longchamp's collection uses.
  • Elie Saab

  • Not going to lie, when I FIRST saw glimpses of the show, I wasn't too pleased. It was a different approach than what I was used to from an Elie Saab show. After looking through the entire collection, I found pieces I genuinely love. Although I expected to see more elegant and less "rocker-vibe" looks, I am still pleasantly surprised I enjoyed more edgier looks (which is not something I gravitate towards normally)
  • Leave a comment down below telling me what your favourite runway looks were during fashion month and if you're a fellow blogger and have fashion week posts, be sure to leave it as well!

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